I-40 reopens following weather-related accidents

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PHOENIX -- Interstate 40 has reopened east and westbound in Williams.

The interstate was closed Tuesday after heavy snow and whiteout conditions triggered several wrecks.

Arizona Department of Transportation spokesman Tim Tait said snow and ice is a major concern on the interstate.

Interstate 40 between Flagstaff and Williams is experiencing blowing snow with reduced visibility.

Tait described road conditions as "dicey," but the roadway is open.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety cautions drivers to slowdown and be aware of black ice on the roadway that can lead to slide offs and accidents.

Heavy snow causes 20-car pileup in High Country

PHOENIX -- Interstate 40's eastbound lanes from Ash Fork to Williams were shut down on Tuesday afternoon after heavy snow and whiteout conditions triggered several wrecks.

But Arizona Department of Transportation spokeswoman Michele Beggs says crews managed to reopen the westbound lanes after conditions allowed them to clear the lanes and an eastbound section of I-40 was reopened Tuesday night.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves said at least 20 vehicles were involved in a chain reaction accident that started when a semi hit two passenger cars.

One car rolled over and landed on its top.

There are numerous injuries, but Graves said none are believed to be life threatening.